| Published: 15 March, 2007
ISSUE 2 | Pages: 251-286 | PDF | DOAJ | https://doi.org/10.24162/EI2007-2740
This year’s review of the year in Irish film and television is slender by comparison to 2005, reflecting the dearth of new productions, ongoing difficulties in distribution and the still unpredictable nature of the sector despite more than a decade of sustained infrastructural support. Six Irish films received a domestic release during the year: The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Middletown, The Tiger’s Tail, Isolation, the hardly released Short Order and the widely released but barely seenThe Front Line. Breakfast on Pluto was also a release in 2006 but we reviewed it in these pages last year, while Small Engine Repair and Once (which recently won the Audience Award for World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival) both received festival screenings in 2006 but have not, as yet, found theatrical releases.
Under the stewardship of its new CEO, Simon Perry, the Irish Film Board (IFB) is again showing signs of life after a period of stagnation and rumours of dissatisfaction from within the organisation and the film industry. By year’s end the IFB had shiny new offices –still in Galway– a new logo and ‘brand identity’; gone is the green Celtic ‘swir’l in place of a vaguely abstract graphic which might belong to anyone involved with moving-image production. A PR campaign to coincide with the re-branding papered over the recent slim output with a colourful annual review –which dwelt heavily on upcoming productions– and the distribution of Vol 3 of the popular DVD compilation of IFB funded short films.
The semiotics of the logo is an interesting indicator of where we stand with regards to ideas about a national film culture. Writing recently in the Irish Times under a column entitled ‘Culture Shock’ Fintan O’Toole initiated a backlash against Ireland’s Celtic heritage. «The secret of Celtic Ireland is that it is all bogus
Industrial In/Action: The Irish Audiovisual Sector in 2006
TG4: 10 Years On
The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)
Attack of the Killer Cows! Reading Genre and Context in Isolation (2005)
Capital Letters (2004)
Misery, Missed Opportunities and Middletown (2006)
Six Shooter (2006)
All the World’s a Stage: Brendan Gleeson
The Clinic (RTE)
Busting the Boom: The Tiger’s Tail (2006) and The Pope’s Children